Akhanda, Akhaṇḍa: 8 definitions


Akhanda means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Mahayana (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Wisdom Library: Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra

Akhaṇḍa (अखण्ड, “faultless”) or Akhaṇḍaśīla refers to the “morality without faults”, according to the 2nd century Mahāprajñāpāramitāśāstra chapter 36.—Accordingly, “if, with the exception of the four grave offenses formulated in the fivefold discipline (pañcaśīla), one violates all the other serious precepts, this is a violation ‘with faults’ (khaṇḍa). The other wrongdoings are ‘cracks ‘ (chidra)”.

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Mahayana (महायान, mahāyāna) is a major branch of Buddhism focusing on the path of a Bodhisattva (spiritual aspirants/ enlightened beings). Extant literature is vast and primarely composed in the Sanskrit language. There are many sūtras of which some of the earliest are the various Prajñāpāramitā sūtras.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

akhaṇḍa (अखंड).—a (S a & khaṇḍa Piece, bit.) Undivided, unbroken, whole. 2 Unpieced; not made up of pieces; one throughout. 3 Continuous, uninterrupted, unintermitted, unending, lit. fig.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

akhaṇḍa (अखंड).—a Endless; entire; undivided; whole. Unpieced, one throughout. Continuous.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Akhaṇḍa (अखण्ड).—a. [khaṇḍ-ghañ, na. ta.] Unbroken, whole, entire, complete; अखण्डं पुण्यानां फलमिव (akhaṇḍaṃ puṇyānāṃ phalamiva) Ś.2.1.; अखण्डकलः शशी (akhaṇḍakalaḥ śaśī) Māl.2.2.; with undiminished orb, full; निर्जिगाय मुखमिन्दु- मखण्डम् (nirjigāya mukhamindu- makhaṇḍam) Ki.9.38; अखण्डेन तपसा (akhaṇḍena tapasā) 1.63; undisturbed सुन्द- स्त्रीदमनेप्यखण्डयशसः (sunda- strīdamanepyakhaṇḍayaśasaḥ) U.5.34 u.1.; of untarnished, unsullied fame; °द्वादशी (dvādaśī) the 12th day of the bright half of मार्गशीर्ष (mārgaśīrṣa).

-ṇḍam adv. Uninterruptedly; अखण्डमाखण्डलतुल्यधामभिश्चिरं धृता (akhaṇḍamākhaṇḍalatulyadhāmabhiściraṃ dhṛtā) Ki.1.29.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Akhaṇḍa (अखण्ड).—mfn.

(-ṇḍaḥ-ṇḍā-ṇḍaṃ) All, entire. E. a neg. and khaṇḍa a part.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Akhaṇḍa (अखण्ड).—[adjective] undivided, indivisible; whole, entire.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Akhaṇḍa (अखण्ड):—[=a-khaṇḍa] mfn. not fragmentary, entire, whole

2) [v.s. ...] n. time, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

3) [v.s. ...] (a-khaṇḍā dvā-daśī), the twelfth day of the first half of the month Mārgaśīrṣa.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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